via Chefs make a killing | The Financial Gazette Staff Reporter 19 Dec 2013
ZANU-PF chefs are making a killing from attending the party’s meetings with a report tabled at the just-ended conference in Chinhoyi showing that about US$700 000 was spent on meetings this year alone
ZANU-PF’s Politburo members are paid more than US$1 000 each for a single meeting.
The Politburo, the supreme decision-making organ of the party in between congresses, spent the most after its meetings chewed up a whopping US$224 384.
The Central Committee, the policy-making organ of the party, consumed US$207 278 through meetings. Expenditures for the Women’s League and Youth League meetings stood at US$22 234 and US$21 949 respectively.
Despite being constrained by limited financial inflows, the ZANU-PF Central Committee report said the party managed to finance its programmes and activities from donors and bankers who availed an overdraft facility and loans.
Donors chipped in with US$3 million, while US$1,19 million was received under the Political Parties Finance Act.
Membership fees and subscriptions generated nearly US$181 000, while US$32 000 was realised from the hire of its conference hall.
The party’s expenditure stood at US$9 million this year, while its income was pegged at US$4, 4 million.
“The trend of insignificant cash inflows continued due to a number of factors hinged generally on the overall poor performance of the economy. As a result, our traditional sources of revenue namely subscriptions, membership fees and donations are severely affected,” reads part of the Central Committee report.
ZANU-PF’s liabilities were put at US$5, 8 million. These included a bank loan, accruals from telephone usage and outstanding creditors incurred during the harmonised elections.
Bank and interest charges were put at US$701 721 and these were classified as normal bank administrative charges, interest on overdraft and overdraft establishment fees. Staff salaries were at US$2 488 962.
There was a slight rise on the salary bill due to an increase in transport and housing allowances effected in January. —Staff Reporter- firstname.lastname@example.org